as Karen Allendoerfer pointed out this week. And frequent performing usually leads to more ease in performing overall.How often do you perform for an audience? And when I say that, I don't mean "How often do you perform at Carnegie Hall"? Performing for an audience in a more "low stakes" situation can be remarkably satisfying,
The key is to find frequent performing opportunities, which can mean busking, playing at retirement homes, playing in church, playing for relatives, etc. The more frequently you perform for people, the more comfortable you can become with the situation. For example, the Suzuki group that I teach with offers a recital time every single week, so that kids can frequently sign up to play their "currently polished piece" with piano, for the crowd of parents, teachers and other students that are gathered there. Performing frequently allows recitals and bigger concerts to become just one of many performances, something more routine. If you perform very infrequently, than those rare performances can take on a "scary big deal" type of character!
Even veteran professional soloists encourage these kinds of "practice performances" - for example, the great violinist Midori has talked about playing her recital programs for residents of retirement homes in order to prepare for professional appearances; and she has her students do the same.
Do you regularly perform for an audience? And how do you find these performance opportunities? Are you part of an orchestra that plays quite frequently? Do you busk or play for retirement homes? Or is performing something you prefer to avoid? Please participate in the vote and then share your experiences in the comments below.
Do you regularly perform for an audience?
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